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In Memoriam : Stanley Bloch

Monday, 14 October 2013   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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STANLEY BLOCH, Quantity Surveyor, passed away on 29 September 2013 at age 82. The Western Cape Chapter of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors wish to acknowledge Stanley’s contribution to the profession during his more than fifty years of practice in Cape Town.

Stanley obtained a diploma in Quantity Surveying at the University of Pretoria in 1954. After completing his training at the Department of Public works in Pretoria he returned to Cape Town and in 1958 went into partnership with Arthur Quarmby to establish a professional practice that became Bloch Quarmby Higgs and Partners. He remained in active practice until his passing. He was registered with the SA Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (PrQS); was a professional member of the Association of SA Quantity Surveyors (PMAQS) and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS).

Stanley was a loyal member of the quantity surveying fraternity in Cape Town and was consistent in his support of professional functions. He always expressed his opinion on pertinent matters that had an impact on the built environment professions and industry. He was a senior member of the ASAQS.

Stanley was married to Janice for 56 years. They have three married children and nine grandchildren. He was the first Jewish Quantity Surveyor in South Africa and an upstanding member of the Jewish community.  He was past president of ORT Western Cape. ORT is the international Jewish education and vocational training NGO. He was awarded honorary life president of ORT Western Cape and honorary life member of ORT SA.

Mike Wood of Port Elizabeth records:

‘As the first quantity surveying student employed in 1961 by the recently formed practice of Bloch & Quarmby, I had the privilege of Stanley’s mentorship through my student years and then as a partner in the practice that later became Bloch Quarmby Higgs & Partners. I found Stanley to be a caring leader and a person of integrity. He was always available for consultation on any matter relating to quantity surveying. He was open to change and in this regard co-operated with Doug Brook on the early development of what became known as the Quancept Measuring System. He was the business and administration leader of the practice and always kept his colleagues focused on their field of the business.

Stanley was particular about how projects were to be administered during the construction phase and I benefited greatly from his mentoring in this facet of quantity surveying. Although we parted ways in the latter years, Stanley would still keep in touch to find out how I was getting on.  I believe he was the oldest practicing QS in Cape Town at the time of his death and will be missed by his colleagues.’

Mike Wood, Michael J Wood Quantity Surveyor cc

Dave Lindenberg of Cape Town records:

‘I was Bloch and Quarmby’s second student from 1966 to 1969 and concur with Mike Wood’s sentiments about Stanley’s integrity, business astuteness and extensive knowledge of the profession and built environment industry.  I still have great appreciation for his generosity in sharing his knowledge, wisdom and experience with me.  After I left Bloch and Quarmby and joined a rival QS practice, Stanley was still willing to advise and assist me with any aspect of the profession where I needed his expertise. Even though I was his junior by many years he nevertheless treated me as a professional colleague. I valued Stanley’s influence on my early professional career, having received more than just mentorship in quantity surveying, but also in business. I was glad that I was able to express my appreciation to him earlier this year over a cup of coffee.

Farewell valued colleague and friend!’

Dave Lindenberg: Talani Quantity Surveyors (Pty) Ltd


Robert Gilfillan Pearl Prof says...
Posted Friday, 18 October 2013
Sad to hear about Stanley - he was one of the 'icons' of modern quantity surveying in SA and an unforgettable character. Rob Pearl